I am a huge fan of apps that feature book characters. So imagine my excitement when I read in Family Fun, Mo Willems had released an app featuring Pigeon! I stopped reading immediately, did not collect $200 and went searching in the app store. $6.99 later I was the proud owner of said app – for research and child entertainment purposes only of course 😉
The app features a choose-your-own-adventure style of story creation and a draw the pigeon game. There are a ton of options in regards to creating stories, including the option for the child to record themselves answering questions about the stinkiest thing and a type of food. Always the child can record their name to be attached to the byline. The app allows for 6 stories to be saved to listen to later.
Drawing the pigeon has a tutorial by Mo and the option to free draw. I now have various pigeonesque drawing in my photo album. It’s kinda hard to follow along with the tutorial on the small screen of an iPhone. It would be much more fun on an iPad but it hasn’t stopped lil’ A!
Overall the app is great and definitely kid approved. My suggestion would be to wait until the price comes down. I had hoped there would be more games like on the PigeonPresents website especially considering the $6.99 price tag, which is the most I have ever spent on an app (even Elmo’s Monster Maker wasn’t that much!). Fingers crossed that future updates will bring more fun!
Bill Martin Jr? Lois Ehlert? I was sold before even opening the cover but once inside I was thrilled beyond words. This sweet rhyme fosters the development of Sounds, as well as Vocabulary with the use of words such as bower, cabbage and wren. Large, colorful illustrations in Ehlert’s classic collage style make this perfect for reading to a large group or one on one at bedtime. Excellent for toddlers this book also works for older preschool children with the inclusion of a caterpillar/butterfly glossary at the back.
I immediately added this book to our reference collection for use next Spring at our Hungry Caterpillar program. Perfect as a read-aloud or transformed into a flannel!
Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five by Valorie Fisher
Concept books excite me especially when they are quality concept books. Valorie Fisher’s offering is exactly what parent’s should be looking for when introducing or refreshing concepts with their children. Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five dedicates a few pages to each of the following concepts – numbers, opposites, shapes, colors including mixing, season/weather and the alphabet. Fisher does not overwhelm the reader with information. She simply provides a taste of each concept for further exploration.
The illustrations are colorful, graphic and interesting. Many pages lend themselves to impromptu games of I Spy. The retro feel of the toys photographed within the pages is appealing and lends a sense of comfort.
Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five is a shining example of how to teach concepts!
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen offers up a great rhyme that will help get the kids moving like monsters. They creep and crawl, run and stumble, hip-hop and tumble! This fun read-aloud is perfect for building a love of books and an ear for sounds!